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bahrain, or the u.s.-backed monarchy continues to crack down on pro- democracy activists. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. republican senator lindsey graham has revealed he says the death toll in u.s. drone war overseas. at a speech in south carolina wednesday night, he said -- his comments mark the first time a u.s. official has offered a figure for those killed in nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes abroad. the 4700 figure matches the high end of an estimate by the bureau of investigative journalism, which extensively has covered the strikes. the news comes as the obama administration continues to stonewall members of congress on fully releasing the justice department memos explaining the legal rationale for targeted killings overseas. the white house agreed to a least partially disclose the memos earlier this month after a senate uproar amid the conformation hearings for cia nominee john brennan. but the new york times reports the administration has adopted a strategy of continuing to de
the hearing resumed, brennan defended u.s. actions in the war on terror, but he acknowledged the c.i.a. is not immune from scrutiny. >> i have publicly acknowledged that our fight against al queda and associated forces has sometimes involved the use of lethal force outside the hot battle field of afghanistan. accordingly it is understandable there is great interest in the legal basis as well as the thresholds, criteria, processes, procedures, approvals and review for such actions. i have strongly promoted such public discussion with the congress, and with the american people as i believe our system of government and our commitment to transparency demand nothing less. >> reporter: late wednesday, mr. obama directed that the house and senate intelligence committees be given a classified memo on drone strikes abroad. it lays out the legal rationale for targeting american terrorism suspects. brennan has helped manage the program. oregon democrat ron wyden had pressed for release of the memo. he went directly to the issue during his first pass at questioning brennan. >> what should be d
angeles police office wanted for murder. >> suarez: we turn to iran as the u.s. tightens sanctions but tehran shows no signs of halting its nuclear program or engaging in talks. >> brown: from our american graduate series, we have the story of a chicago non-profit that aims to change the lives of would-be dropouts. >> what's interesting about one goal is that it pinpoints and targets low-income, underperforming students in non- selective chicago public schools, students who are least likely to graduate from high school, let alone college. >> suarez: we look at newly released documents showing leaders in the catholic church in los angeles shielded pedophile priests and failed to report allegations of child abuse. >> brown: and gwen ifill talks with biographer jeanne theo- haris, who offers a complex portrait of the woman best known for refusing to give up her seat on an alabama bus in 1955. >> she is celebrated for one act and i think part of that celebration puts it all in the past, right, when the actual rosa parks keeps working on racial and social justice issues all the way up t
killed in an apparent suicide bombing at the u.s. embassy in the capital of ankara. an official says the bomber set off an explosive device at the entrance to the diplomatic mission. the state department confirmed to cbs news least one security guard is dead. no group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. president obama spec for defense secretary chuck hagel faced a torrent of questions and criticism over his foreign policy stance thursday during his senate confirmation hearing. he has seen opposition from within his own republican party for failing to adequately back the party line on israel and iran. hegel was attacked during the hearing for earlier comments that were perceived as critical of israel. this is south carolina senator lindsey graham. >> you said the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people. senator.itand israelis i cannot think of a more provocative thing to say about the relationship between the united states and israel and the senate or congress and which you said. do you agree with me you should not have said something like that? >> yes, i've already sa
the senses. >> alisyn: u.s. history is coming to the california coastguard just in time for valentine's day. a giant statue inspired by this world war 2 photo of a sailorki. it's being installed on the san diego waterfront. the statue will be dedicated on friday. studio "b" live from rome with shepard smith starts right now. >> shep: it's 3:00 on the east coast and noon on the west coast and 9:00 p.m. on a gorgeous night one day after the stunning announcement that the pope is stepping down. today, we're learning much more about his health approximate, carefully guarded secret until now. the vatican reveals that pope benedict has pacemaker in his heart long before being elected as pope back in 2005. months ago, we now know he had surgery to replace the pacemaker batteries, an operation that was conducted in absolute secrecy. vatican says it was routine. the shock waves continue to reverberate for catholics around the world and a lot of folks seem to have the same reaction, even if it's something the world hasn't seen in six centuries. >> i shows what a truly humble servant. he loved our chu
nuclear test under its young leader, kim jong-un. while the white house calls it a provacative act, the u.s. and allies knew the test was coming. >> what is interesting is they have done this in defiance in not only in our views but china. china tried very hard to keep them from doing this. so what will be very interesting in the weeks to come is what does that mean when the chinese say don't do something and they do it. >> reporter: indeed, china's position has always been that it wanted to preserve the status quo on the korean peninsula. we've learned today that china, north korea's closest ally, has now said that it is firmly opposed to north korea's nuclear test. back to you, anne-marie. >> lucy craft in tokyo, thank you. >>> tonight, president obama will call for a worldwide reduction in nuclear weapons when he delivers his first state of the union address of the second term. speaking to congress and the american people, the white house says mr. obama will focus on the economy, outlining plans to create jobs and grow the middle class. susan mcginnis is in washington
to the reckless hostility of the united states. last month, defense ministers calmed the u.s. their prime target for nuclear tests and long-range missile launch but for now it's unclear how much of a threat north korea poses. experts say they don't believe the nation's has developed warheads somewhat are small enough to fit on the rockets. reports of the new tests would match up with what u.s. scientists say is a light to moderate earthquake. it shook the ground at roughly 5.0 near a known testing site. now, of course, the backlash as leaders including president obama condemn the move. this video shows north koreans applauding in the streets. in a nation where millions are starving, according to south korean estimates, north korea has spent more than three billion dollars on its nuclear program. enough to feed the country for three years. we'll have more from the state departmental but first to jonathan hunt live at the united nations in manhattan. a rare show of unity of the united nations. >> members gathered that it became apparent that the nuclear test had, indeed, taken place. u.s. ambassad
. close to 10:00. she wants to know if this goes against some sort of guidelines or protocol. >> the u.s. census bureau gave us this answer. it surveys americans even during years when there's not a door to door census. representatives for the census are trained to contact respondent when they're most likely to be home which does include evenings and weekends. all of the training doesn't specifically instruct the reps not to call or visit after 9:00 p.m. the telephone centers outbound call system does prevent them from calling respondent after 9:00 unless the respondent specifically requests a call after that time. consumers have a question about the census, they are encouraged to call in 800-354-7271. so basically, they're not supposed to, but they can. if you have questions to consider for ask liz, put it to ask lis@nbcwashington.com. connect with me on twitter. on facebook searching liz crenshaw's consumer watch. coming up at 5:00, what happened to the pre-printed gear made for the team that loses the super bowl. where can you recycle an old vacuum cleaner and what happens behind the
:10. >> the boards of american airlines' parent amr corp. and u.s. airways have pushed back meetings on plans to consider a final merger. >> reports say that the amr board wants to me in person and that the u.s. airways board would only lead after the amr board approves the deal. >> it is not clear when the two boards will finally meet. a in car and u.s. airways could decide earlier this week whether to merge their two companies. >> over the weekend boeing said its 787 dream liner on a test flight, the first since the new airline was grounded three weeks ago. >> the company said the aircraft flew in and out of boeing field in seattle. and it's been two and half hours in the air. the faa granted permission for the test flights last thursday. >> in speculation that apple's next big thing will be a smart watched is heating up. >> the new york times reported that apple is experimenting with a device maker of glass that would run on the company's i o s mobile operating system. >> smart watches are hot items at the big international c s trade show in las vegas last month, including the pebble smart
, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. martha: you are the seth mcfa martha: "happening now" starts right now. jon: brand-new stories and breaking news. jenna: four days ago in washington's fight to avoid steep budget cuts u. may feel it in a big way on your next trip to the airport. more on the olympic icon charged with premeditated murder. we have the latest on the "blade runner" charged with killing his girlfriend. a second serving of severe winter weather. it's all happening now. countdown to the sequester showdown. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. and i just floated this idea to our audience. you know the jaws music from the academy awards? every time we say sequester this week i'm wondering if it should come up. jon: a little audio cue. jenna: both because it's a little ridiculous and also because everyone is making it so dramatic. jon: i'm i'm jon scott. four days until the cuts kick in. democrats holding a news conference now with the air travel association on how sequestration will affect air travelers, but they are not the only ones. the white house sa
the fire on the carnival cruise ship triumph. yesterday, the u.s. coast guard said the fire started in front of a generator in the main engine crime. that fire left the cruise liner without power for five days with 4200 people on board. investigators say it could take up to a year to determine what exactly caused the fire. despite that initial report from the coast guard, congress says it still wants answers into the cruise ship disaster. hours after the triumph was towed to alabama, senator jay rockefeller september a letter to the -- sent a letter to the coast guard, demanding a review of the incident and similar incidents in the last six years. the senator says there might be a larger safety issue that needs to be reviewed involving large passenger vehicles. >>> and when congress returns next week, they will only have four days for the sequester. coming up, the automatic budget cuts here for california. >>> why facebook's tax bill is zero. in fact, the social media giant will get a huge refund. >>> and what russian scientists are finding after friday's meteor explosion and the ne
seek to narrow it like when we persuade ad court to drastically limit a u.s. government request for two months of user search queries. now, keep in mind, google owns an awful lot of properties. not only is there google but gmail, youtube, picasso, online photo sharing site. feed burner, a management tool for bloggers or orkit. a networking site popular in india and brazil and android smartphone operating system. this new legal issue how much access the government should have to internet communications is subject of a conference featuring legal scholars, civil libertarians and google representatives is starting at 1230 in washington. we'll keep an eye on that. if you don't want the government to poke around your online history. delete your history. it doesn't entirely stop the access of it but limits the duration they can examine it. jon, back to you. jon: brave new world we're getting into. doug mckelway, thank you. jenna: don't why when you buy. that is the national campaign when purchasing firearms. statistics show buyers are not always completely honest. many are suspected of giving
by the u.u.s. department of healalth and human services. ♪ >>> welcome back, everybody. obviously we have some very serious news we're about to bring you right now in this segment. one of the celebrations i missed the most about living in new orleans is mardi gras, especially the good food, the drinks. tim laird, america's chief entertainer is here to show us how you can enjoy the flavors of mardi gras wherever you may be. >> we're bringing mardi gras to you. >> after ten years in new orleans, i miss everything on here. >> let's start out with the traditional dessert, bananas foster. >> it's good for your heart. >> a half stick of butter goes in, then a whole cup of brown sugar. and then a couple of shakes of cinnamon goes in to give it some flavor. >> as much entertaining as you do, new orleans is one of the great party and food cities on the planet. >> they do it right. it is the best city for that. while this is cooking down, let's make a hurricane. >> i like that idea. >> here is a picture of hurricanes. about eight ounces of orange juice, eight ounces of pineapple juice, eight ounces
that 34,000 u.s. troops will be home from afghanistan a year from today. right now, there are 60,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan. all combat troops are supposed to leave afghanistan by the end of 2014. that's when the u.s.-led international forces are scheduled to hand over the country's security to afghan forces. the white house says other topics he will talk about include immigration reform, reducing gun violence and investing in education. but his major focus is expected to be on the economy and creating jobs. >> the core emphasis that he's always placed on -- in these big speeches remains the same and will remain the same which is the need to make the economy work for the middle class because the middle class is the engine that drives this country forward. >> following the state of the union address, the president travels to three different communities discussing the proposals he unveils in the speech. the president will go to asheville, north carolina on thursday, atlanta on thursday and then chicago on friday. >>> the republican response will be delivered by marco rube pea yo, immed
unknown and officials don't know if it was an accident or murder. >>> of lance armstrong and the u.s. postal service cycling team received tens of millions of dollars in federal funds. now the u.s. government wants it back. the justice department says it will join the lawsuit filed by former teammate floyd landis. that suit alleges armstrong and managers defrauded the government by using performance enhancing substances in violation of sponsorship rules. >>> and now, a new winter storm in the northeast. once again up to 10 inches of snow possible for parts of new england this weekend. boston still has remnants of that big blizzard that hit just two weeks ago, if you recall. and even after the streets were cleared, the city was left with a whole lot of potholes to fill. karen mcginnis back in the weather center, here we go again. >> the third weekend in a row but not like what we saw early part of february, fred, when they got blasted with about 24 inches of snow. this one going to pack a little bit of a punch. the computer models were all over the place. yes, snow on the way not just
called the test highly provocative and said it threatens u.s. security and international peace. we have more from tokyo. good morning, lucy. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. the u.n. security council is going to be holding an emergency session today on measures to deal with the north korean nuclear test. and here in japan, prime minister abe, of course, coming out strongly condemning this as a provocative act. he's called on his advisers to come up with possible unilateral sanctions that japan can't oppose. it was only two months ago that a missile was fired from north korea. it went over part of southern japan. so the concern is that this latest test moves north korea closer toward creating a nuclear weapon. hours after the underground blast was detected, north korea's government said it the result of a detonation of a miniaturized nuclear device. the test was in direct violation of the u.n. security council's orders for the north to shut down its nuclear program, and it could signal a major step forward for north korea's nuclear program. >> as a reason americans really should ca
of this kind of imminent threat, it requires me being off u.s. soil. >> right. there's a big distinction here, that's important to talk about. this memo only applies in situations where an american citizen is in a combat area. not even -- they can't do it in the streets of london. the memo talks about in a place that is essentially a war zone. >> but we don't have a declared war against these places. >> we do have authorization of use of military force against al qaeda. that's -- >> the zones. >> those are the areas. you know, yemen, afghanistan, formerly iraq, that's where we use those powers. but you talk about your phone calls, you have a -- they need a warrant to listen to your phone calls in the united states. but if you call yemen, they don't need a warrant. >> they can listen. what about mali, is that considered to be a place where, if you're planning an attack against me and you're safe, from i don't know, poughkeepsie, they can take you out there? >> the memo doesn't deal with na directly but you can bet the answer is yes. mali -- anywhere where we think al qaeda mig
to come home from afghanistan next year. at the half the u.s. troops currently in afghanistan. the decision marks the next phase of the president's plan to in the u.s.-led war in afghanistan by the end of 2014. wilson of president obama will focus on boosting job reducing gun violence and revamping immigration. present obama will then travel three states over three days starting tomorrow to drum up support supports our policy proposals. apple ceo tim cook will be among those in the capital audience as president obama delivers his state of the union address tonight. cook is one of the guests invited by first lady michelle obama. the imitation means the apple chief had to reschedule a highly anticipated presentation he's giving today at the goldman sacks technology conference in san francisco. you can watch the president's office said at the union speech live on kron4247 news channel, has 193 tonight starting at 6:00 p.m.. >> north korea confirmed today it it it has conducted its third nuclear test. president obama is calling the latest test a " highly provocative act that threa
to be mounted on a missile aimed directly at the u.s. north korea confirmed the test in a statement released by state media saying it was carried out to "defend the country's security and sovereignty in the face of a ferocious, hostile act by the u.s." it means that north korea is closer to building a warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile that is capable of reaching the u.s. the test today comes just two months after pyongyang conducted a successful long-range missile test in direct definls of u.n. security council resolutions, and the key question now is, did north korea use plutonium as they did in previous tests or highly enriched uranium? if north korea was stul in building a bomb using enrich rue yanium, it would speed up their ability to build a warhead. >> the president said it undermines the region's stability and a threat to the u.s. national security and to international peace and security. and it doesn't make north korea any more secure, which is what it's hoping for. >> they are a provocative country. get the world's attention and flex their military muscle a
police officers murdered -- injured, i should say, wolf. now back to you. >> he was a u.s. navy reserve lieutenant and we are told in the navy he was rated as a rifle marksman and pistol expert, according to his navy records. he was fired by the police department of los angeles four years ago. do we know what triggered four years later this rampage? >> reporter: well, he he brought up charges against an officer saying that this officer kicked a homeless man. it was determined later, according to police reports, that these charges were false by dorner. after a while, he was subsequently fired and he refers to that time and time again in his manifesto as the reason that he would wage a vendetta against officers, wolf. >> do we know what he's been doing for the last four years since he was fired from the lapd? >> reporter: unclear from this side in riverside. >> paul vercammen. thank you. we're going to stay on top of this story during our 6:00 p.m. hour. we're going to speak with chief police moose who was linked to the d.c. sniper. >>> let's move to today's dramatic confrontation up on c
correspondent. we know he was a u.s. reservist. me about what he did in the military. >> he did security for river patrols and he was a lieutenant and recalled the active duty about six years ago and spent about six months in bahrain doing security work there. he talks about the warfare and there is nothing in the record that indicates any sort of special operations training. in his manifesto, he does say i didn't need their honor, courage, and commitment, but i thank them for reinforcing it with me. >> what are about having multiple weapons at his disposal including assault rifles. how good of a shooter is he? >> good question. we have been checking sources here. there three levels of marksmanship. marksman, sharpshooter and the top level is expert. with the m-16 he is a marksman. good, but the lowest level. with the nine millimeter, he qualified as expert. the highest award a trailer can receive for weapons qualification. to gain that he would have gone through several courses of 5 both standing and kneeling both strong and weak side firing. something that a lot of shooters have troubl
, the question we are asking today, when is it legal for the u.s. government to kill its own citizens overseas? talking about americans here. justice department memo made public by nbc spells out the position, by the obama administration, now what it says the memo justifies the targeted killing of an american who is considered a senior operational leader of al qaeda or an associated group, and who poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the united states. want to bring in halle goran any. a controversial issue, under president bush, now president obama. the fact that the government does have the power, and the authority, to kill an american overseas that's considered a threat. and how do they define that? >> that's the question because when you say imminent, it could be imminent in a few hours, in a few weeks, saying you can target a member of al qaeda, senior operational al qaeda leader, or associated forces. how are you defining associated forces? how are you defining the word imminent? how are you defining the word threat? all of these things are things that are open to interpret
the engines caught fire. a u.s. coast guard cutter is expected to lead to progress so mexico. carl says it has on board electricity to keep the passengers comfortable. it should reach progress of sometime wednesday. >> three people were killed in a helicopter crash while for filming for a discovery channel show in los angeles county. at an early yesterday at polls out rosette ranch in the city of acton. authorities say all three people died aboard the helicopter. the names of not been released. discovery channel and the show's production company have built release statements expressing their sympathy to the victims' families. selecting storm home improvement store after reports of someone who look like christopher dorner was there. mark is tracking that story. one of the baipeople door is accused of killing as a member of the women's basketball team she goes. plus watching bay area weather. h [ male announcer ] we began with the rx. ♪ then we turned the page, creating the rx hybrid. ♪ now we've turned the page again with the rx f sport. ♪ this is the next chapter for the rx and the next
. >>> the u.s. state the -- department is now involved on the search for a couple. the couple was last seen in peru. >> reporter: they are a happy couple on the vacation of a lifetime. miles away from home they were never away more than a computer away from family and friends. the couple has chronicled their travels on facebook. but the photos and status updates stopped on january 25th. >> it's upsetting. you know i'm worried about both of them. >> reporter: jamie is on extended vacation from the peddler bike shop in el cebrante where she worked and put her bike together for the road trip. those bikes are ever present in their facebook photos. posts showed their traveled to argentina, chile and peru. one of jamie's last updates noted going to lima instead of machupichu. a security message warning americans of kidnapping threats around cusco. >> what kind of warning would they see while traveling, they are within the people. they're not watching the news. >> reporter: the state department put out this poster of the missing couple. >> my greatest hope is they return on schedule unharmed. >> r
fearing they'll be easy targets. as for dorner, he says he's not fearing death. >>> well, the u.s. military is making changes following its response to the attack on the u.s. mission in libya. outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta was grilled during the attack on capitol hill yesterday. panetta was pressed about the president's involvement. he said he learned about the assault while meeting with mr. obama. mr. obama told him to deploy forces as quickly as possible, but panetta did not speak to the president after that. >> the event was over before -- >> it lasted almost eight hours and my question to you is during that eight-hour period, did the president slow any curiosity about how's this is going, what kind of assets are helping these people? did he ever make that phone cal? >> look. there's no question in my mine the president of the united states was concerned about american lives. >> well, with all due respect i don't believe that's a credible statement if he never called and ask ued you are we helping these people, what's happening to them. >> reporter: panetta also sa
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on sunday as retaliation for his firing. secondly, a u.s. marshal said in his affidavit, a member of the southwest border patrol. told the magistrate that he believes dorner is in mexico, and based in part a man looking like dorner, tied up the boat captain in san diego and attempting to take his 41 to 47 foot vessel and told the guy he was taking it to mexico to recover his boat that was last thursday and what was dorner doing up in big bear, up in the mountains far away? well, turns out, the marshall service had been tracking an associate of dorner he is jy, who had a relative who had property, a cabin up in big bear and was found about four hours later down in costa mesa, what that means, basically, four hours after his burning truck was found. that could be speculating here, his ride off that mountain after burning his vehicle. and so, where does that leave us? and finally, tmz is reporting tonight that they have obtained surveillance video from a scuba shop here in southern california of dorner, a man looking just like him, with two scuba tanks and scuba gear, purchasing that
reported a $115 million loss. >>> checking in on the u.s. markets and where we start the day. slight gains yesterday with dow jones starting today at 13,944. and i'm just getting a fresh look at the futures right now. they do indicate a bit of a mixed opening. >>> the u.s. justice department is looking at suing moody. the government is likely to hold off until a similar lawsuit against rival standard and poors is tested in the courts. both ratings services are accused of inflating some mortgage bonds. >>> if you drank, how the price of alcohol could effect your life. details of a new study and how the price tag of that drink may keep some people alive. >>> and out of this world science project becomes a youtube sensation. the local students who is behind it. >>> welcome back. a houston woman is facing vehicle homicide charges in a super bowl tragedy. they were killed in a suspected drunk driving accident. it happened just outside of new orleans just hours after sunday night's super bowl. prosecutors have filed felony charges against the 26-year-old woman for the deaths of brian and alice y
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the california state line. >> u s g s says the 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit just after 4 yesterday afternoon. >> it was centered around 200 mi. south of reno. >> aftershocks ranging from 3.1 to 3.7 magnitude followed shortly thereafter. there were no reports of any damage. >> federal housing and health officials awarded $12 million to the california housing financing agency to offer rental assistance to 335 low-income people with disabilities. >> the funding will give them a stable housing and support service. >> the funds awarded to california as part of the total $98 million the fed are awarded to 13 how the agencies. >> at least 30 fish were killed after a drinking water pipe burst and sent thousands of gallons of chlorinated water into a san francisco bay area creek. >> san francisco public utilities commission discovered the leak on saturday near crystal springs reservoir, our drinking water system that serves 2.5 million bay area residents. >> officials said they expect the fish death toll which may have included threatened steelhead trout to rise, possibly to the hundreds. sam tail cr
it comes to protecting the u.s., is president obama closer to george w. bush -- >> i don't think so. what you see is safeguards. former secretary robert gates saying we should have a core court going forward to make sure that we're -- that we're following procedure. you have brennan say in his hearing if we miss a target we should disclose it. that all represents a very different tone from what you saw under the bush administration, one of trying to have a procedure and openness and transparency and bringing everybody together to try to agree on how we balance security and privacy. >> the chairman of the intelligent committee says there's no need. let me play that. >> there is plenty of oversight here. there's not an american list somewhere overseas for targeting. that does not exist. i think there's sensationalism. this is a serious matter, but i think the rules have been consistent. >> chip, as you know, the act established 'federal court that oversees suspected foreign spies working in the u.s., so the question that's being debated is should there be a fisa-like legal check on drone us
about. martha: nobody will ever forget that kiss. it is one of the most famous, iconic images in u.s. history. it is coming to the california coast in time for valentine's day. it is 25 foot statue that recreates the world war ii photo of the kissing sailor in times square. it is getting a permanent on the san diego waterfront. the statue is coming from trenton, new jersey, where else would it come from and will be commemorated on saturday. bill: thank you, new jersey. we talk a lot about the year of the snake. martha: you're into that. bill: i have feelings about it and you do not. what about your feelings about lightning striking the vatican on the day the pope resigns for first time in 600 years? martha: has larger meaning. call me crazy. i think nothing happens by accident. that is a striking image, isn't it? it is a striking image and it could be a powerful image. "happening now" starts right now. bill and i will be back here tomorrow. >> brand new stories and breaking news. jon: north korea's nuclear move. a bomb test puts its one step closer to attaching a nuke to a missile ai
. >> whew. meredith: important cities is your next category. what u.s. state has the most populous capital? arizona, massachusetts, texas, georgia? >> i am struggling on this one. i'm going back and forth between a couple answers. whew. oh, man. i'm trying to remember state capitals now, and i'm drawing a blank up here. uh...i think i'm gonna ask the audience on this one. meredith: no problem. audience, mathew needs your help. on your keypads, vote now. 40% say georgia, massachusetts with 28, texas 22. i don't know. what were you--you said you were kind of torn. >> i was going back and forth between...between massachusetts and georgia. i think i need to skip it. i need to stay in the game. i think i need to skip the question. i'm gonna jump. meredith: we're gonna jump this question. it is out of play. let's see if georgia was the right answer. it was not. it was arizona. phoenix, arizona. >> wow. meredith: wow. >> wow. meredith: pretty much stumped everybody here. it's a good thing that you did jump it. >> yeah. meredith: let's hope you didn't jump a lot of money, but jump over a lot of mo
as this week. officemax has stores mostly in the u.s. and canada, and office depot in the u.s. and mexico. if they did combine, they would close several stores but still wouldn't be as large as staples. representatives from both companies declined to talk about the merger. >>> the supreme court will hear a high-stakes fight over genetically altered seeds today. vernon bowman, a 75-year-old farmer from indiana, is fighting agri-giant monsanto. he replanted some of their super weed-resistant soybean seeds, and monsanto sued him for patent infringement. bowman's lawyers say because he bought the seeds, he can do whatever he wants with them. >>> burger king's twitter account had a bad day. someone hacked into it at about noon monday, posting a tweet that said burger king had just been sold to mcdonald's and put up a logo of the golden arches. the account was suspended for a few hours. so far the hacker has not been identified. >>> 50 years after camelot, personal items from president john f. kennedy were auctioned off monday. his bomber jacket sold for $570,000. the items b
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newspaper, but where is the action? robert reich is the former u.s. labor secretary to bill clinton and author of "beyond outrage," what's gone wrong with our economy and how to fix it and ari fleischer, former white house press secretary under george w. bush. all right, let's get some action here. robert, the white house responded to john boehner's challenge of saying, where are the cuts, with a blog post from dan pfeiffer who wrote, "the fact is, the president has a detailed balanced plan with spending cuts, he's willing to make tough choices. now it's time for the speaker to do the same." then he had a link to an 80-page proposal from september, including war savings, it includes tax reform, which of course they want. it doesn't fully lay it out by any stretch of the imagination. so jay carney was asked what specifically will the white house cut and here's what jay carney said. >> it's in the proposals he submitted to the speaker of the house that the speaker walked away from -- >> where does the president prevent sequestration from happening? shouldn't the president take the lea
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